Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Coming together

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The final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was released last night...



It's looking pretty epic and fun.

We'll see how this final entry turns out when it opens on December 20th.

Monday, October 21, 2019

We're ready for you

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The first full trailer for the upcoming third season of The Crown was released today...



This is looking REALLY good.

I can't wait until this starts airing on Netflix on November 17th.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Outsider

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HBO released the first trailer for its upcoming Stephen King series, The Outsider, today...



It looks pretty good. Plus, it's got Jason Bateman and Mare Winningham...enjoyable!

Looking forward to this when it starts airing in January.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Friends and Family plan

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Jennifer Aniston joined Instagram yesterday with her first photo with a few of her "friends"...

Jennifer Aniston, once one of the few A-list actress holdouts to social media, opened her Instagram account yesterday and as of this morning she’s counting an enormous 8.6M followers, all from one Friends 25th anniversary reunion selfie with her fellow cast members Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer. 

Already off of that one photo, Aniston has more followers on Instagram than fellow actresses Jennifer Garner (7.4M), Julia Roberts (6.8M), Nicole Kidman (5.5M), Charlize Theron (4.5M) and Shailene Woodley (4.4M). The photo itself logged a mind-boggling 10.2M likes. Aniston also smashed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s record of the fastest Instagram account to reach 1M followers. According to the Guinness World Records, the royal couple have held the title since April, when they signed up to the app and amassed that number within 5 hours and 45 minutes. Aniston’s Instagram amassed so many followers, it reportedly crashed her account for a bit yesterday, but was quickly fixed.

I think she's gonna do just fine.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Bombshell

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The first full trailer for Bombshell was released today...



Great cast and looks really good.

The movie opens on December 20th.

I'm in!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Meow

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Looks like the new Batman movie now has a new Catwoman...

The Batman movie has found its Selina Kyle aka Catwoman in Big Little Lies star Zoe Kravitz. Her deal is official. The film directed by Matt Reeves comes out on June 25, 2021.

Kravitz joins Robert Pattinson who has the title role, Jeffrey Wright who is playing Commissioner Gordon and Jonah Hill who is in talks for a villain role. 

The actress follows in the path of such great big screen performers who’ve worn the Catwoman black leather suit as Michelle Pfeiffer, Anne Hathaway and Halle Berry, the latter who starred in a Warner Bros. standalone pic with the villain’s name. Kravitz boasts a big resume with feature credits that include Mad Max Fury Road, the Fantastic Beasts franchise, the Divergent franchise, X-Men: First Class, and the The Lego Batman Movie in which she played…yes, Catwoman (and all Batman fans know who Kyle is). 

This movie will either be really good or a train wreck. Time will tell and I'll definitely see it either way.

The movie opens on June 25th, 2021.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Go Tootsie, Go



This is a great recent interview with Jessica Lange that discusses her career and some of her favorite memories of working over the years.

She's enjoyable.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

A Christmas Miracle

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The first trailer for the second season of Netflix's Lost in Space was also released this past weekend...



I really enjoyed the first season and this one looks pretty awesome as well. I'm very excited that it's coming back on December 24th.

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Major West (Ignacio Serricchio)...I'll see you on Christmas Eve.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Number Two

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A couple of new trailers were released this weekend at New York Comic Con, the first of which was for the upcoming Star Trek: Picard series on CBS All Access...



It's looking really good and, as much as I've fought it, I may have to get CBS All Access when this starts airing on January 23rd.

They also released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming third season of Star Trek: Discovery...



I still haven't seen the second season, but this new season won't start until sometime next year (likely after Picard), so I'll watch both of them after that as well.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Diahann Carroll

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Very sad news today...

Diahann Carroll, TV’s history-making star of NBC’s 1960s sitcom Julia and Broadway’s first black Tony Award-winner in a leading role for the 1962 musical No Strings, died today of cancer. The Dynasty star was 84.

Already a popular stage and nightclub performer when she signed on to star in Julia, Carroll is credited with being the first African-American actress to lead a primetime series in a non-stereotypical role, and the first overall since Beulah, the 1950s sitcom about a maid. 

Julia became an immediate hit when it launched in September 1968, finishing at No. 7 among all primetime programs that season, and won Carroll a 1968 Best Actress/TV Golden Globe Award. The series was canceled after the 1971 season. Carroll would go on to earn three additional primetime Emmy nominations for roles in Naked City (1963), A Different World (1989) and Grey’s Anatomy (2008). She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 1999 for the children’s special The Sweetest Gift.

Various TV appearances followed (Roots: The Next Generations, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, even the destined-for-cult-classic-status The Star Wars Holiday Special in 1978), but Carroll’s next pioneering move came with her portrayal of Dominique Deveraux, first in 1984 on Dynasty and, later, crossing over to the show’s spin-off The Colbys. 

Though perhaps most widely known for her TV roles – she was a 2011 inductee in the Television Hall of Fame – Carroll was a longstanding and celebrated stage actress, following up House of Flowers and No Strings with a 1982 stint in Broadway’s Agnes of God and 1999’s Off Broadway landmark feminist production The Vagina Monologues. She again defied expectations in 1995 by starring as Norma Desmond in the Toronto production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Sunset Boulevard.

She was always enjoyable to watch and had a wonderfully long and successful career.

She will be missed.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

His Dark Materials

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A new trailer for HBO's His Dark Materials was released today...



Each trailer looks better and better. I guess I'm going to have to try to get HBO again before this starts airing on November 4th.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Super men

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The first pic of the two Supermen from the CW's Crisis on Infinite Earths as they start to work together.

Enjoyable.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

For the birds

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The first trailer for Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (dear Lord, could the title BE any longer?!) was released today....



Although I do enjoy Margot Robbie, I have to say that I'm just not feeling this movie. I want to want to see it.

But, I don't.

Maybe I'll change my mind by the time it opens on February 7th.

Or not.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Cockadoodie Two

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The first trailer for the upcoming second season of Hulu's Castle Rock was released today and it introduces a very familiar Stephen King character...



I don't have Hulu, so I haven't seen the first season (which I heard was good). But, this trailer is starting to sway me to subscribe.

Why must there be so many damn subscription services??!!

The new season of Castle Rock starts on October 23rd.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Superman too

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Here is the first picture of Brandon Routh suited up again as one of many Supermen for the upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover with Supergirl and other other CW super-shows...

We’ve known for a few months the (frankly, still wild to contemplate) news that Brandon Routh would be appearing in the CW’s upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths mega-crossover of the Arrowverse and beyond, not just as Legends of Tomorrow’s Atom, but also Superman. 

Well, a version of Superman amongst many, apparently—and not even the Superman Routh had previously played on the big screen either. Instead, Routh would be playing the older Superman of the iconic DC Comics Elseworlds miniseries Kingdom Come, by Mark Waid and Alex Ross.

The five-part Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover between The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, Batwoman, and somehow basically every other old DC TV show you like begins on the CW this December.

These "events" are always fun to watch and there's even a possibility that Lynda Carter will be showing up to play a version of Wonder Woman.

I'm in!

The five-hour crossover’s first three episodes will air in December, with the final two installments arriving after the winter hiatus in Jan. 2020.

Here’s the full schedule below, with some of the shows airing on special nights:

  •  Supergirl: Sunday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. 
  •  Batwoman: Monday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. 
  •  The Flash: Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. 
  •  Arrow: Tuesday, Jan 14 at 8 p.m. 
  •  DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Tuesday, Jan 14. at 9 p.m.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Something more

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It looks like we might be getting more Thirtysomething in the near future...

Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick’s beloved 1987 drama series thirtysomething is making a comeback. I have learned that the duo is pitching a new incarnation of the show, which is garnering interest from multiple networks, including ABC, which aired the original series.

Written by thirtysomething creators Herskovitz and Zwick and to be directed by Zwick, I hear the followup series revolves around the children of the characters in the original show, which are now 30-something themselves. I hear the intention is for original cast members to reprise their roles but no one is set yet and there have been no formal talks.

Thirtysomething was a seminal series that captured the angst of the baby boomer generation and its struggles with real-life issues such as career, relationships, marriage, having kids and parenting. It centered around Michael Steadman (Ken Olin), his stay-at-home wife Hope Murdoch (Mel Harris) and their baby Janie. Melanie Mayron, Timothy Busfield, Patricia Wettig, Peter Horton and Polly Draper also starred in the series, which won 13 Primetime Emmy Awards, out of 41 nominations, and two Golden Globe Awards over the course of its four-season run.

This was one of my favorite shows of the time and it's definitely something I would watch if we're lucky enough to get another season or two in the near future.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Bravo

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I saw the Downton Abbey movie tonight and really enjoyed it.

If you loved the series, you'll love the movie.

It's that simple.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Don't run info fire

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A new trailer for Frozen 2 was released today...



I still need to see the first film, but I hear it's fun. So, guess I'll hunker down one night and watch it before this new one comes out on November 22nd.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Get on with it

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The first teaser trailer for the third season of Netflix's The Crown was released today...



I just finished binge-watching the first two seasons and am really looking forward to the third season starting on November 17th.

It's a great show!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Raising Dion

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The first full trailer for Netflix's Raising Dion series was released today...



This actually looks pretty good. I'm looking forward to watching it when it comes out on October 4th.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Dame hilarious

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With the Downton Abbey movie opening this Friday (squeee!), I thought I'd post this great interview with Dame Maggie Smith...



You're welcome.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Twice the Rudd

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The first trailer for the upcoming Netflix series, Living With Yourself, was released today...



I like Paul Rudd and this does look kind of fun. We'll see how it turns out when the series starts airing on October 18th.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Modern Love

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The first trailer for Amazon's upcoming series, Modern Love, was released today...



It definitely has a great cast and looks pretty good. I look forward to watching it once it starts airing on October 18th.

Monday, September 9, 2019

They're back

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The final trailer for the sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep, was released today...



This is looking pretty good, so far. I may have to go back and watch the original film again. It's been a while.

I've got a bit of time before this one opens on November 8th.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Into the woods

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I'm heading off for a weekend in the wilderness. Time to get back in touch with....nature.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Humans are hilarious

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A new Maleficent: Mistress of Evil featurette was released today...



I can't wait until this opens on October 18th.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Between Two Ferns

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The first trailer for the upcoming Netflix film, Between Two Ferns, was released today...



The web series has always been funny, so let's hope that translates to a feature-length adventure. He's got a lot of celebrity friends, so I have a feeling it'll be worth watching.

We'll find out when it premieres on September 20th.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Taken to the cleaners

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Netflix released the first trailer for The Laundromat today...



It has a good cast and director. Plus, I enjoy Meryl Streep, so am looking forward to seeing this after it hits theaters and ends up on Netflix in the fall.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Mandalorian

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In other Star Wars news, Disney+ released the first trailer for it's upcoming series, The Mandalorian...



I don't know much about the story, but the effects looks pretty great and it's got a good cast and director.

So, I guess I'll now have to get Disney+ in the fall to see it when it becomes available on November 12th.

Why must everything have it's own separate pay channel these days?!!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Everybody rise

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Some new footage and a poster from the upcoming Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker were released over the weekend...



It's looking pretty epic. Can't wait!

The final chapter opens on December 20th.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Time to get away

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Heading out of town for a much needed break.

Be back soon.

Ish.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Last Christmas

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The first full trailer for Last Christmas was released today...



I do enjoy Christmas movies, Emilia Clarke, Michelle Yeoh, and Emma Thompson. So, it's got that going for it.

Hopefully the reviews will be decent and people will go see it when it opens on November 8th.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Age of Resistance

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The final trailer for Netflix's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance was released today...



It certainly looks beautifully shot and produced, so I might just give it a whirl when it becomes available on August 30th.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Back in town

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Filming has begun on the second season of Amazon's The Boys.

If you haven't watched it, you should.

Like, right now.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Carnival Row

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The first full trailer for the upcoming Amazon series Carnival Row was released today...



This actually looks, visually, pretty amazing. Plus, it's got Legolas in love with a Fairy.

I'm glad I finally broke down and got Amazon Prime.

More stuff to watch.

Carnival Row becomes available on August 30th.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Thursday, August 1, 2019

A different time

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The original Spiderman movie (2002) had a teaser trailer that featured the Twin Towers, but it was quickly removed once 9/11 happened a couple months later. That trailer was recently restored and released for the first time in 17 years...



It's still difficult to think about that time, but it's kind of cool to see this after all of these years and remember a simpler time when the world was still waiting to see the first Spiderman movie.

It seems like we've had about 100 of them since.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

All good things

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The final episode of Agents of Shield has been shot and the cast was released today. I've watched all seven seasons and, although there were a few weak storylines, I've really enjoyed this show and will miss it after the final season airs next year.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Make it Chateau!

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It seems you can now pair the upcoming Star Trek: Picard with his signature wine...

Château Picard in Saint-Estèphe, France had actually been making wine in Bordeaux long before those fictional Picards showed up in La Barre. But now it’s teamed up with CBS and Wines That Rock to bring you an official version of the wine that made the name of the Enterprise captain’s family, ever since the vineyard was first glimpsed in The Next Generation’s fourth season. 

Being made to tie in, of course, with the upcoming Star Trek: Picard—which sees Jean-Luc retire from Starfleet and attempt to follow in his brother’s footsteps, overseeing the family’s wine-making business—the 2016 wine is an 85 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 15 percent Merlot blend. Really, what you’re paying for here is the fact the bottle also replicates the label seen in the first Picard teaser, so it really is like owning your very own Picard-made wine, a few centuries earlier than you should. 

To boot, alongside the Picard wine, there will also be a 2017 vintage United Federation of Planets wine, a Zinfandel produced not by Château Picard, but Dry Creek & Russian River Valleys in Sonoma County, California.

It sure beats Earl Grey, hot.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Devil!

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Well, it looks like Will and Grace won't be coming back after this next season...

Will & Grace is coming to an end. After an 11-season, 246-episode run, the series will end with the upcoming season (the revival’s third and 11th overall) in 2020.

“We think of the Will & Grace’ reboot episodes the way Karen Walker thinks of martinis – 51 is not enough, 53 is too many,” added executive producers Max Mutchnick, David Kohan and James Burrows. “That is why, after consulting with the cast, we all have decided this will be the final season of ‘Will & Grace.’ 

“In 2016, Bob Greenblatt came to us with the idea of doing a 10-episode reboot of ‘Will & Grace.’ They say you can’t go home again, but we did. And now, three seasons and 52 episodes later, we’re even more proud of something we never thought we’d get a chance to do again. We have had a once-in-a-lifetime experience twice. And for that, we owe a double debt of gratitude to NBC, this show’s supportive and caring home since day one.” 

“The hardest part about making this decision is saying goodbye to our outstanding production team and crew who, over two decades, brought passion and artistry to every department. If we had just one more season, we would have learned their names. So, thank you Handlebar Mustache, Cheese Lady, and Cargo Shorts #1 – #12. We will always think of you as family." 

“And finally, our deepest gratitude goes to each and every ‘Will & Grace’ fan across the world. It was a privilege to make you laugh.”

I was really happy to see this show back and enjoyed watching it and the characters each week.

I'm bummed that it's ending.

Super.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Rutger Hauer

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Sad news today...

Rutger Hauer, a rugged Dutch actor who played Nazis, action heroes and bloodsucking vampires, but who was best known as the android outlaw in the science-fiction thriller “Blade Runner,” died July 19 at his home in Beetsterzwaag, a village in the Netherlands. He was 75.

He won a Golden Globe for best supporting actor for “Escape From Sobibor,” a 1987 TV movie about an uprising at a Nazi death camp — he played the Jewish hero, against type — and in 2005 was a morally corrupt Catholic cardinal in “Sin City” and a greedy Wayne Enterprises executive in “Batman Begins.” 

Mr. Hauer also starred in the 1985 medieval fantasy “Ladyhawke,” alongside Matthew Broderick and Michelle Pfeiffer; played a vampire king in the 1992 movie “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”; and ruled a supernatural tribe in the HBO series “True Blood.” 

But Mr. Hauer, who described himself as “a very nonviolent person,” soon returned to the menacing characters that made him famous. He starred as an SS officer in the TV movie “Fatherland” (1994), was a vampire in the TNT miniseries “Salem’s Lot” (2004, adapted from a Stephen King novel) and played a bloodthirsty businessman in “The Sisters Brothers” (2018), a Western starring John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix. 

“It’s so much fun to playfully roam into the dark side of the soul and tease people,” Mr. Hauer told the Associated Press in 1987. “If you try to work on human beings’ light side, that’s harder. What is good is hard. Most people try to be good all their lives. So you have to work harder to make those characters interesting.”

He was great in Blade Runner and many other movies and TV shows.

He will be missed.